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Badger Mountain - Sagebrush Trail

Central Washington

Location

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities
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Length

1.8 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.

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WTA worked here: 2010
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

The Sagebrush Trail was built in the spring of 2010 by the Friends of Badger Mountain with help from WTA. While most of the gravel trail is wide and smooth, there are a few dips and holes to look out for. The Sagebrush Trail starts in the City of Richland’s Trailhead Park. It then passes through some private land and Richland Utilities land and ends in the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve.

To get to the Sagebrush Trail, follow the Canyon Trail from the Trailhead Park parking lot, past the kiosk and trailhead to the Badger Flats Trail, to the junction with the Sagebrush Trail.

Follow the Sagebrush Trail to the left. After about 0.3 mile, you will reach another junction. This short section of trail was created in 2018 to provide stair-free access to Trailhead Park. To get back on the Canyon Trail, take the short, hiker only trail to the right — officially called the “Sunflower Trail.”

To continue on the Sagebrush Trail, take a left at the junction. Head down some switchbacks, and pass under the power line to the thick sagebrush for which the trail is named. Look out over views of house and the Columbia River in the distance.

The trail ends a little under a mile from the start at the Triple Junction with the Langdon Trail and Skyline Trail. From here, you can head back to the trailhead for a total of about 2 miles of hiking. Another option is to create an approximately 3.1-mile loop using the Skyline Trail to Canyon Trail and back to the trailhead Park parking lot. For an even longer loop, take the Langdon Trail before connecting to the Skyline Trail and Canyon Trail back to the trailhead. This will make a total of about 6.3 miles.

Seasonal Notes: There is no shade on this open terrain trail, so be sure to plan accordingly in the summer. The trail can also get icy winter. The snow can be slow to melt, as the trail faces north and east.

 

Badger Mountain - Sagebrush Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.2385, -119.3061 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

Benton County Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

Friends of Badger Mountain Trails Map: http://friendsofbadger.org/trail-faq/

Getting There

From the west on I-182, in Richland, take exit 3. Turn right on to Queensgate and continue to Keene Road (stoplight). Turn left onto Keene Road and continue to Shockley Road (first right, about ½ mile). Turn right onto Shockley Road and continue .3 miles to Trailhead Park on your left. The address of the trailhead is 525 Queensgate Dr. From the east on I-182, in Richland, take exit 3A. Follow the exit ramp as it curves around to the right and merges with Queensgate. Continue on to Keene Road and follow the directions above.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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